How to Trade Forex – TD Ameritrade

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Wealthlandnews May 19, 2022
Updated 2022/05/19 at 6:47 PM

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It’s a global market for exchanging currency between nations, and for individual speculators or traders. Like its name implies, the retail off exchange forex market is not conducted on an exchange, which means there is no physical location where all currencies trade.
An important and essential concept to understand with forex is that it’s traded in pairs. This means you are buying and selling a currency at the same time. For example, you enter into a European euro versus the U.S. dollar trade, or EUR/USD. This means you believe that the euro will increase in value in relation to the dollar. Conversely, if the euro goes down with respect to the dollar, you could lose your entire deposit, or even more. If the euro goes go up and you’d like to take your profits, you would “unwind” that position by selling the euro and buying the dollar. That’s a very simple example, but should give you a general idea of how forex works.

Some things to consider before trading forex:
Leverage: Control a large investment with a relatively small amount of money. This allows for strong potential returns, but you should be aware that it can also result in significant losses.
Nearly 24/6 market: Be responsive to market conditions and economic events knowing that you can trade almost 24 hours per day, 6 days per week – from  Sunday to Friday.
Liquidity: Forex is a very active market with an extraordinary amount of trading, especially in the biggest currencies. Trading some of the more obscure pairs may present liquidity concerns.
Trading: Forex currency pairs are traded in increments of 10,000 units and there is no commission. However, the cost of the trade is reflected in the bid/ask spread.

To start trading forex with Charles Schwab Futures and Forex LLC, you’ll need to open a standard account. The Standard account can either be an individual or joint account. You will also need to apply for, and be approved for, margin privileges in your account.

With a TD Ameritrade account, you’ll have access to thinkorswim, a powerful trading platform where you can trade forex, as well as other investments. This feature-packed trading platform lets you monitor the forex markets, plan your strategy, and implement it in one convenient, easy-to-use, and integrated place. One of the unique features of thinkorswim is custom forex pairing.
In addition, TD Ameritrade has mobile trading technology, allowing you to not only monitor and manage your forex position, but trade currencies right from your smartphone, mobile device, or iPad.

For any trader, developing and sticking to a strategy that works for them is crucial. Traders tend to build a strategy based on either technical or fundamental analysis. Technical analysis is focused on statistics generated by market activity, such as past prices, volume, and many other variables. Charting and other similar technologies are used. Fundamental analysis focuses on measuring an investment’s value based on economic, financial, and Federal Reserve data. Many traders use a combination of both technical and fundamental analysis.
The thinkorswim, trading platform offers technical analysis and third-party fundamental research and commentary, as well as many idea generation tools. You can also use paperMoney® to practice your trading strategy without risking capital. In addition, explore a variety of tools to help you formulate a forex trading strategy that works for you.

Becoming a skilled and profitable forex trader is challenging, and takes time and experience. With thinkorswim you’ll have access to a nearly endless amount of features and capabilities that will help build your knowledge and forex trading prowess. You can also contact a TD Ameritrade forex specialist via chat or by phone at 866-839-1100. Explore our educational and research resources too.
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Forex trading involves leverage, carries a high level of risk and is not suitable for all investors. Please read the NFA booklet Trading Forex: What Investors Need to Know prior to trading forex products.
Forex accounts are not protected by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC).
Forex trading services provided by Charles Schwab Futures and Forex LLC. Trading privileges subject to review and approval. Not all clients will qualify. Forex accounts are not available to residents of Ohio or Arizona. Prior to a name change in September 2021, Charles Schwab Futures and Forex LLC was known as TD Ameritrade Futures & Forex LLC.
Charles Schwab Futures and Forex LLC, a CFTC-registered Futures Commission Merchant and NFA Forex Dealer Member. Charles Schwab Futures and Forex LLC is a subsidiary of The Charles Schwab Corporation.

A forex dealer may be compensated via commission and/or mark-up on forex trades. Charles Schwab Futures and Forex LLC does not charge commission on forex transactions nor does it offer commission-based forex pairs. However, the cost of the trade is reflected in the bid/ask spread. Additional information may be found in its NFA 2-36 and CFTC 1.55 Disclosure Document.

The forex market is open from 5:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, Sunday through Friday. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., forex pairs may be opened at various intervals to ensure market liquidity. As part of routine daily maintenance, generally conducted between 12:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. and lasting approximately 2 minutes, the trading platform may not be available. Times referenced are Central Standard Time or Central Daylight Time, whichever is in effect. Charles Schwab Futures and Forex LLC utilizes JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A. as its forex prime broker. Liquidity providers are JP Morgan, Citadel Securities, XTX Markets, and Virtu Financial.

Forex trading exposes you to risk including, but not limited to, market volatility, volume, congestion, and system or component failures, which may delay account access and/or Forex trade executions. Prices can change quickly and there is no guarantee that the execution price of your order will be at or near the quote displayed at order entry (“slippage”). Account access delays and slippage can occur at any time but are most prevalent during periods of higher volatility, at market open or close, or due to the size and type of order.

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